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Walk through the halls of the Wichita Animal Shelter, you’ll probably notice a lot of animals waiting for adoption. Some of them are running out of time, facing possible euthanization in a matter of days.

That’s where rescue groups come in, many of them go through area shelters to foster animals in jeopardy. Those groups are scrambling now, facing fees that might put them under.

“I thought it was the lazy man’s way out of a deficit, honestly,” said Sarah Coffman, Founder and President of Wichita Animal Action League.

She’s referring to House Bill 2477, which would triple the fees that foster homes have to pay to care for and look after animals. Organizations like her’s usually pay for those fees so volunteers don’t.

Last year, it cost WAAL $490 to license 49 foster homes. If the fees go higher, it would cost $1500 and only if they don’t add more volunteers during peak rescue seasons.

“My fear if this goes through, is that I’m going to be paying so much more in state licensing fees, I’m not going to be able to rescue as many animals,” she said.

The organization rescued 504 animals last year. If the proposed fees were in effect, they would have only been able to save approximately 168.

But lawmakers said they wrote the bill to level the playing field and that the measure will ensure thorough inspections of shelters, breeders and pet stores are thorough and complete.

“I don’t like higher fees, but sometimes you have to look at that in order to be able to do the inspections that are needed. Inspections for animal welfare,” said Representative Kyle Hoffman, chair of the Committee on Agriculture.

Hoffman went on to say that there have been proposals to add penalties to breeders who don’t answer inspectors when they arrive at facilities, but called it unfair to the breeding industry.

Opponents to the bill are now pushing for other sources of revenue. They said they fear that if the bill goes through they won’t be able to continue their work.

“It seems a little discriminatory against rescues and shelters,” Coffman said. “Against nonprofit organizations who are trying really hard to save lives, save the city money and reunite owners on a shoestring budget.”

Wichita readying for NCAA tournamentWichita readying for NCAA tournamentWichita readying for NCAA tournament Years of planning are starting to come together in the days before the NCAA basketball tournament comes to Wichita.

Wichita readying for NCAA tournament Years of planning are starting to come together in the days before the NCAA basketball tournament comes to Wichita.

NCAA game times released for WichitaNCAA game times released for WichitaINTRUST Bank Arena officials have released practice and game time schedules for the NCAA tournament games.

INTRUST Bank Arena officials have released practice and game time schedules for the NCAA tournament games.

Shockers draw a No. 4 seed in the East RegionShockers draw a No. 4 seed in the East RegionThe Shockers are tournament bound for the seventh straight season. Wichita State draws a No. 4 seed in the East Region and will battle No. on Friday in San Diego on TNT.

The Shockers are tournament bound for the seventh straight season. Wichita State draws a No. 4 seed in the East Region and will battle No. on Friday in San Diego on TNT.

The Jayhawks are coming to Wichita for the NCAA TournamentThe Jayhawks are coming to Wichita for the NCAA TournamentThe Kansas Jayhawks are heading to Wichita as a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. This is the eighth tie in the last 12 years for KU to earn one of the four top seeds and it’s also the 29th straight year they’ve made an appearance in the NCAAs.

The Kansas Jayhawks are heading to Wichita as a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. This is the eighth tie in the last 12 years for KU to earn one of the four top seeds and it’s also the 29th straight year they’ve made an appearance in the NCAAs.

search group comb Wichita parks on Sunday search group comb Wichita parks on SundayWorking with both sight and canine sense of smell, a group of volunteers are not giving up on finding . “Our motivation is that we do not want Lucas to be forgotten about, search organizer, Julia LaForce said.

Working with both sight and canine sense of smell, a group of volunteers are not giving up on finding . “Our motivation is that we do not want Lucas to be forgotten about, search organizer, Julia LaForce said.
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